by Heather Kliever
I thought today I would send out a refresher on student academic resources, a few online and a few in town, to consider for your child/ren. I know and/or have used these individuals for my child and would be willing to chat about my experience with them. Email me separately if you have questions. Otherwise, please send information to the group if you have vetted resources to add to this list!
First and foremost-local!
*Math: Gina Graham’s Math Is Magic. Known to some as a life saver- and she is! Gina and her tutors work with both the mathematically talented and those with test anxiety. She offers individual and group courses. Here is Gina’s website to explore more: http://mathismagic.info/gina-graham/
Eugene Math Circles http://pages.uoregon.edu/nemirovm/emc.html. This group is sponsored by the UO Mathematics Department and the National Science Foundation. There is an application and deadline coming up on December 12 with acceptance notices mailed out on December 22.
*Language Arts: Hollie Roman. No web presence but may be reached at her email address roman firstname.lastname@example.org. Hollie previously taught for over 25 years in elite Bay Area prep schools and is well known for her guided homework support and custom supplemental lessons for those who need faster pacing, more in-depth study or to support student interests. Hollie is a 1:1 tutor only- no group classes.
*How are you going to manage all this? I would suggest, especially if your student is having difficulties in social or school management issues and has been diagnosed or suspected to have ADHD (a twice exceptional learner), Catrin Rode, PhD. Catrin, who I know through her children and volunteer work at the elementary and middle school levels, is now offering individual and group (parent/student) coaching in executive function made possible partially through the National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation funding. She is particularly interested in reaching out to middle school families. The group session are for 1.5 hrs per week for 4 weeks. Call her at 541-606-6070.
4-j and State Resources
Remember to refresh your understanding of your rights and responsibilities as TAG parents! TAG education is needs based. Know what is, and isn’t, covered under services and support at the district and state levels.
4j’s Talented and Gifted Instruction page http://www.4j.lane.edu/instruction/tag/
Oregon Department of Education, Talented and Gifted page http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=76
Consider joining or attending a conference held by the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted http://www.oatag.org/. I would love to attend a conference held by OATG. Think of how invigorating it would be to talk to people who know exactly what you are going through and have the creative chops to get things changed!
On-line and National Resources
The National Association for Gifted Children. I love this page in particular for its “myths” list https://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources/myths-about-gifted-students and a brief overview of a paper that discusses the “myths” surrounding gifted children and k-12 education http://nagc.org.442elmp01.blackmesh.com/sites/default/files/files/resource/Bridging_the_Divide.pdf.
I really enjoyed this recent Byrdseed.com post titled Calvin: The Unexpected Gifted Kid http://www.byrdseed.com/calvin/. Calvin is the character from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. It is wonderful and fits my situation to a T. Byrdseed is a great site to follow if you have the chance to do so.
For home teaching resources a recent crowd sourced post on the NAGC Facebook page suggests the following (without commentary since this is a long email today):
- Gifted Homeschooling http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/resources/homeschooling/
- California Homeschool Network http://www.californiahomeschool.net/
- Stanford Online High School https://ohs.stanford.edu/ (we have used a program through Stanford when Ade was in elementary school)
- Davidson Young Scholars (online learning beginning in 2017-18 school year) http://www.davidsongifted.org/Young-Scholars
- John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth http://cty.jhu.edu/ctyonline/
BYU Independent Study https://is.byu.edu/site/courses/index.cfm (we are using this to great success!)
…and, of course, check out the email I sent out that discussed other non-credit, rigorous MOOCs (Coursera, etc) from a week or two ago. Please share if you have anything to add and help this community!